This Month at Arts Garage : Jan 2015

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Keep the bubbly flowing because Arts Garage is continuing the celebration! January features a dazzling array of the world’s most acclaimed jazz and blues artists, and Theatre at Arts Garage presents the award-winning play I & You by Lauren Gunderson. “You could fill a book with media plaudits bestowed upon this month’s artists,” said Alyona Ushe, President and CEO. “January’s scheduled performers are literally legend followed by legend.” “We are also extremely proud to be showcasing the play that won the prestigious $25,000 Steinberg/American Theater Critics Award, “said Ushe. “This best new work has been described as ‘unforgettable’ and we are thrilled to present it to south Florida audiences at Arts Garage.” For more information please visit www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357 Tickets for musical performances run $25- $45, and theater performances are $30-$45. Fri 1/2, 8pm | Don Friedman Tri | JAZZ Jazz pianist Don Friedman has been featured with most of the major figures in jazz since the 1960s. Now a resident in New York City, he is an internationally known pianist, shuttling between New York and Europe for appearances in festivals, concerts and clubs. Jazz critic Gene Lees has said Friedman, who is a “musician’s musician,” is known for his creativity and virtuosity. He continued, “…if you’re not familiar with the artistry of Don Friedman, you have some catching up to do”. Sat 1/3, 8pm | Carol Saboya and Antonio Adolfo | JAZZ Legendary pianist, arranger, producer and educator Antonio Adolfo joins his equally talented daughter Carol Saboya onstage at Arts Garage for an evening of scintillating Brazilian jazz rhythms! Adolfo wrote tunes that gained great success and have been recorded by such artists as Sérgio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh, Dionne Warwick and others. Thu 1/8, 7:30pm & Fri 1/9 | 8pm | Freddy Cole | JAZZ | $25-45 Freddy Cole, the younger brother of Nat King Cole and uncle of Natalie Cole, is one of American popular music’s great performers. Like pop icon Tony Bennett, the 80-yearsyoung Cole is a beloved musician’s musician and a living link to the Great American Songbook. “Gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads.” – People Magazine “Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing…he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive” – The New York Times 1/16-2/8 | I & You by Lauren Gunderson | THEATER Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 2pm Only in high school would two completely unconnected people – cranky, chronically ill Caroline and levelheaded basketball star Anthony – be paired to collaborate on a project to deconstruct a poem about the interconnectivity of everything. But as the two teens cram to finish their presentation on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a very real connection is made, and they ultimately learn of the deeper mystery that has brought them together. “I And You is unforgettable. It hums along at a great pace, but the ending will leave you gasping. While you predict the last scene, be ready to drop jaw. I thought it was only for teens and college students. I was wrong.” – Washington Speaks Sat 1/17, 8pm | Lucky Peterson | BLUES The multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson has garnered a reputation as one of the most riveting performers of the modern blues era. A searing lead guitarist, a rich and thoughtful organist, and a first-rate vocalist, Lucky’s musicianship effortlessly translates gospel, rock, and jazz into a 21st century blues presentation. Lucky’s latest album, The Son of a Blues Man (Jazzbook Records, 2014) is a blues, gospel, and R&B tour de force. “Incredible blues vocals…insanely lively guitar…it’s amazing.” – USA Today Sun, 1/18, 7pm | The Bridge, Allan Harris, Doug Wimbish & Jesse Jones, Jr. | SPECIAL EVENT Allan Harris returns to Arts Garage for a special performance of The Bridge, a musical reminder of those, who 50 years ago, fought for the Civil Rights that today are so often taken for granted. Allan, renowned for his guitar and vocals, is joined by legendary rock ‘n’ roll bassist Doug Wimbish, Jesse Jones, Jr. on alto saxophone and Christian Howes on violin. Together they have created a show to entertain, educate, and inspire a new generation to “wake up” and recognize that their so-called unalienable rights are under serious attack. This intriguing performance came about after Harris and Wimbish first played together at Art Deco Weekend 2014 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend) in Miami Beach. They decided to organize a live show commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965, an event since known as “Bloody Sunday.” Fri, 1/23, 8pm | Christian McBride | JAZZ Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. What has always been unique about McBride is his versatility, having appeared in numerous musical settings with just about any musician imaginable in the jazz, as well as in the R&B and pop worlds. In his latest working group, a trio, McBride is joined by pianist Peter Martin and drummer Jamison Ross. Together they are honing their trio conception to a fine point of expressive depth and nuance. In McBride’s words, “It’s a pretty diversified trio. The real core foundation is hardcore swingin’ blues and the American songbook.” Sat, 1/24, 8pm | Cyrille Aimee | GYPSY JAZZ Charming French chanteuse Cyrille Aimée, winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s vocal competition, tours the world, and recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation at New York City’s City Center. “Aimée has a sweet, girlish voice that she controls with a sniper’s precision….a bravura turn, presented with a smile.” – New York Times Sun, 1/25, 7pm | Billy Rogan | JAZZ Billy Rogan is a well-versed guitarist, whose influences include the styles and techniques of artists such as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Keller Williams and Kaki King. His original compositions reflect a unique combination of classical and modern finger style with hints of new age sounds that blend forms with these intricate details of inspiration. Rogan’s skilled touch brings stories to the strings in tales of heartfelt bits and pieces, shifting rhythms and tempos – all with a soulful, fiery feel. Sat 1/31, 8pm | Billy Stritch | CABARET An award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist of extraordinary range and sophistication, Billy Stritch breathes new life into the Great American Songbook, all the while bringing an easy sense of humor and showmanship. The Grammy Award-nominated Stritch has arranged for Liza Minelli, written for Reba McEntire, and starred on Broadway. He is truly a multi-faceted talent. “Equally gifted as a player and a singer, and doing both with no-hold-power, Stritch is not afraid to dazzle,” London Times.


The Arts Garage is located in downtown Delray Beach at 180 NE 1st Street. For ticket purchases and more information about Arts Garage in Delray Beach, visit the website at artsgarage.org, or call 561-450-6357.